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What would be the reason for drooling saliva a week after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

What would be the reason for drooling saliva a week after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

Drooling: Many patients, especially children, after this surgery will avoid swallowing due to pain. Also, surgery will cause increased inflammation in the mouuth leading to more salivation. This will clear up after a few days. Do not take medicines to dry things up as these increase the risk iof bleeding. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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My 5 yr old daughter had an adenoidectomy but was not given any medicines for healing. Her mouth smells really bad now. What could be the reason?

My 5 yr old daughter had an adenoidectomy but was not given any medicines for healing. Her mouth smells really bad now. What could be the reason?

Totally normal: Some doctors give antibiotics to help prevent the odor but the most common complaint from parents that I hear about children who have adenoidectomy's is a several days of very foul breath. It goes away and is nothing to worry about. It occurs because in the back of the nose when the adenoids are removed tissue left behind becomes colonized with bacteria. This is only temporary. ...Read more

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What could I expect from a tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy? Getting one in a week, and in starting to get nervous.

Adult T & A: Severe throat pain for 10-14 days, you'll need narcotic pain medication during that time. Stay home for 2 weeks. ...Read more

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5 weeks since my tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy nd woke up with a slight sore throat. Is that normal?

5 weeks since my tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy nd woke up with a slight sore throat. Is that normal?

T & A: The surgery will not protect you from future infections. You may have a viral illness or a strep throat or allergy or something else. See a doctor and get checked. Good luck. ...Read more

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My toddler will not eat after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy because she says everything tastes horrible. Why is that? Is her taste buds damaged?

My toddler will not eat after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy because she says everything tastes horrible. Why is that? Is her taste buds damaged?

Tonsillectomy: Having your tonsils and adenoids removed is not a pleasant experience! A youngster is unfamiliar with the pain and discomfort that follows, and may simply be describing that as "food tasting horrible". I recommend that soft foods, non-acidic foods, ice pops, sherbet, and other soothing foods be included in her diet until she feels more "adventurous" and ready to return to her normal diet. ...Read more

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Can you suggest foods after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

Can you suggest foods after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

Think soft and bland: The texture of the food should be soft after tonsil surgery. Warm or cold temperature is generally fine, and depends on patient preference. Avoid anything carbonated, acidic, spicy, or very salty as these types of food often make the pain worse. If you can't eat, just maintain hydration with plenty of fluids until eating becomes more comfortable. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

10 to 14 days.: Most patients in any age group recover from a t and a in 10 to 14 days. It is a very painful operation but in the hands of a competent surgeon, there is about a 1% chance of bleeding. In my experience, most patients are quite well in about 10 to 14 days. ...Read more

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After getting a tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy when is it okay to drive again?

After Pain Meds: Once you are no longer taking your hydrocodone it is safe to consider driving again. Of course, you should always use some common sense. As long as you are feeling up to it, have a clear head, and are no longer taking prescription pain meds you are safe to drive. ...Read more

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What can I do about the scabs after tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy?

Be patient: The best thing to do is follow your post surgery instructions diligently to facilitate proper recovery and healing of the tonsil beds. Early displacement of the scabs can lead to bleeding and possible return to the operating room. ...Read more

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What is good for bad breath after a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery?

What is good for bad breath after a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery?

Good oral hygeine: Listerine rinses, brushing and flossing you teeth, having your teeth cleaned all will help. Brushing your toogue eith your toothbrush will help. ...Read more

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I have to have a tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy. Can my doctor do it by laser?

I have to have a tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy. Can my doctor do it by laser?

Gimmick: Laser tonsillectomy is almost never necessary, and will make it more painful. Generally ENT surgeons will use one of 3 methods these days: electrocautery pen, "coblation", or a "cold" technique with a tonsil snare. Lasers are usually reserved for cases of tonsil cancer. They are not safer, faster, less expensive, or associated with decreased pain... So don't buy into hype about it. ...Read more

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How common is a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at 22 years old?

How common is a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at 22 years old?

Very common...: ...though oftentimes the adenoidectomy portion of the surgery won't need to be done because adenoids tend to shrink (atrophy) significantly in the teenage years. In the age group you mentioned, surgery is most commonly performed for problems with recurrent tonsillitis. ...Read more

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How long will it take adult to recover from a tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy?

Recovery: Recovery from tonsillectomy takes at least 2 weeks. Stay off work or schooh for 1 week. No strenuous activity for 2 weeks. Slight pain can persist for a few weeks whenever one yawns. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get sick after tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy?

Is it normal to get sick after tonsillectomy / adenoidectomy?

Not usually: Most adults feel poorly for 10-14 days after tonsillectomy and that is normal. The throat typically looks nasty during that period and a low grade fever often accompanies mild dehydration. Drinking lots of fluids will help, but until you are eating better, the recovery is slow. Force fluids and advance your diet to feel better. Sometimes gentle warm salt water gargling can help as well. ...Read more

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If my son had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, why does he now have white mucus?

If my son had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, why does he now have white mucus?

How long after?: How long ago did your son have his t&a surgery? Where is the mucus you are seeing?
It is not unusual to see cream to white colored material (fibrinous exudate) on the tongue, palate and back of throat for up to 2 weeks after tonsil surgery. Check with your son's surgeon to be sure there are no other issues. ...Read more

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Is it okay to eat ice cream with sprinkles after an tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy?

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Is it okay to eat ice cream with sprinkles after an tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy?

Yes: It cools the throat and reduces the pain specially when you are eating. ...Read more

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Tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy what's food ideas are good to try after the surgery?

Tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy what's food ideas are good to try after the surgery?

See below: Usually the first 24 hours aren't that bad. Here you can use whatever you can tolerate. I would suggest soft foods to start off with. The ice cream phase is what my daughter called it. Once you are past the initial phases it seems to get worse about day three. The patient really won't want to eat. Here I would just suggest trying liquids as tolerated. ...Read more

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What are the causes of the nausea and dizziness after a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy?

What are the causes of the nausea and dizziness after a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy?

Several things can: Sometimes the effects of anesthesia linger and cause nausea. If you are taking a narcotic pain medication or Ibuprofen this can upset the stomach (especially empty stomachs), and less commonly, if you are swallowing blood that is oozing, this can cause nausea. If you do have bleeding or vomit dark brown material, you should call your doctor right away. ...Read more

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This is now the 7th day after my adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy and I coughed up a cough black scab twice is that normal?

This is now the 7th day after my adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy and I coughed up a cough black scab twice is that normal?

Could be: You may be coughing up old blood clots accumulated after surgery, make appointment with your surgeon for post O P visit. N ...Read more

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My daughter is 2. She had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy yesterday. She just recently coughed up a large amount of yellow phlegm. Should I worry?

My daughter is 2. She had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy yesterday. She just recently coughed up a large amount of yellow phlegm. Should I worry?

Monitor closely...: Keep her well hydrated, monitor her temperature regularly and follow the post surgery instruction that you should have been given with her discharge papers. If any concerns call her surgeon. ...Read more

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Daughter had tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy days ago, has had constant barking cough since then and cough gets worse at night. She's taking cefdinir & hydroco/apap already. Can we give her something for this cough? Don't want to overmedicate her.

Daughter had tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy days ago, has had constant barking cough since then and cough gets worse at night. She's taking cefdinir & hydroco/apap already. Can we give her something for this cough? Don't want to overmedicate her.

No cough med: That bark cough is not from the lungs but from airway irritation and swelling right below the vocal cords in her trachea. Likely irritated from breathing tube she had in during the surgery. COUGH MEDS WON'T HELP! Do excessive amounts of humidity...take her in shower, run humidifier, boil water on your stove, go to a tropical rain forrest. Anything to increase humidity in the air she's breathing ...Read more

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What causes the nausea after a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy?

Nausea post op: Nausea after tonsillectomy is common. Anesthesia medications can cause it. Also, swallowing a little blood is common and is a strong cause for nausea and vomiting.
Days after surgery, the most common cause of nausea is narcotic pain medications followed by antibiotics. ...Read more

Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more


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